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Hex - Magic Hat Brewing Company

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889 Ratings

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Ratings: 889
Reviews: 322
rAvg: 3.47
pDev: 15.27%
Wants: 12
Gots: 34 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Magic Hat Brewing Company visit their website
Vermont, United States

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Ale |  5.40% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

A malty amber ale with hints of toffee and caramel and a slightly smoky finish.

25 IBU

(Beer added by: soccerman7 on 08-01-2010)
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Photo of Buebie


3.18/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

An oct fest that is not a marzen...interesting.

Half inch of white head, settling somewhat quickly and leaving a generous collar and thin cap.
Color is a transparent pale copper amber.
Aroma is malty and sweet with vinous fruit and soft leafy hops.
Taste is failry sweet and sweetening more so through the middle with fruity esters and a cider flavor that is heavily distracting. Finishing flavors of grain and mild leafy hop bitters.
Mouthfeel is thin and crisp.

Not somthing I would return to. Glad I only picked up a single.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2010 19:28:42 | More by Buebie
Photo of geryeb624


3.45/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Part 3 of the Magic Hat fall sampler. (Part 4 is never coming if anyone cares....reviewed #9 a long time ago.) 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

A- Pours an orange-amber color with maybe a finger of white head. Dissipates pretty quickly with little lacing.

S- Not much going on here. A little caramel malt smell, maybe a hint of something spicy. Not much though.

T- Some buttery caramel malt with a hint of spice. Pretty sweet with nearly no hop bitterness.

M/D- Nice smooth mouthfeel and decently drinkable.

I dont know about Amber Ale, this tastes like a Marzen to me, and I dont particularly like Marzens. Oh well, its an alright beer, just not the biggest fan of the style. Decent stuff though.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2010 03:33:49 | More by geryeb624
Photo of jettjon


3.2/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From a 12 oz bottle marked "best by date marked on neck," with no discernable mark on neck. Into my Sam Adams glass (thanks, guys!) it's a bright, pale red with plenty of precipitating carbonation. Thick head, slow fade, plenty of clumps left behind. Nose of malts and sweet caramel. Taste of sweet malt, bordering on overly sweet. Diacetyl-butterscotch notes, with low hops presence. Mouth is crisp, lightly viscous, smooth, and ultimately quenching. Drinkability is pretty good although a touch oversly sweet bordering on cloying.

Overall: Decent, enjoyable, low key. I'd try it again.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2010 00:42:45 | More by jettjon
Photo of beerthulhu

New Jersey

3/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Flat rustic orange pour is topped off by a fluffy beige head of moderate size and retention. Near silent carbonation even in my etched duvel glass hardly rising a stir. Spotty clumpy topping persists as a cover while a thin whispy lash lacing leaves little eye candy for admiration. Overall my duvel glass couldn't even dress this up coming off looking like a homeless dog in a tuxedo.

S: Bready with buttered caramel toast. Light flowery presence with dried caramel apple that was very light in strength.

T: Seems a bit watery upon the initial sip but manages to thicken up a bit or at least appear to on following sips. The alcohol at 5.4% seems a bit more noticeable with a sweetness of pancake syrup and gooey caramel while flashes of whole green hop flowers manage to sneak in for balance. Dry powdery malt sweetness and hop bitterness ensures on the swallow. Overall average perception flavor wise, did little to entice but also was not a turn off, just kinda treaded water per style.

M: Light bodied with very little effervesce. A bit of powdery malts gently tease the tongue upon the swallow.

D: Drinkable, but hardly toast worthy by the mug or pitcher. Really wasn't to impressed nor found reason or incentive to drink this in multiples. Decent tweener for nooobs.

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2010 23:08:23 | More by beerthulhu
Photo of jbphoto88


3.55/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dull tarnished copper color with a thick beige head that doesn't seem to last. There are plenty of visible bubbles that fuel a collar of thinning suds.

The nose is a mix of malts and tart fruits. Not the best smell but also not bad. I find it to be slightly more gritty and boozy then I prefer but it's not a deal breaker.

Taste is similar to the nose with both grain malt flavors competing with an apple-ish tartness. Eventually the malts win out finishing the flavor with a sweet and toasted bread lusciousness.

The mouthfeel is nice with a crisp carbonation and a slick palate coating feel. Hex has a nice medium body that is very pleasing to drink. An above average brew that grows on you. I was a little put off by the nose but find it charming now. A fine above average seasonal.

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2010 20:30:08 | More by jbphoto88
Photo of goldbot

District of Columbia

3.08/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours on the very coppery side of amber, with thin off-white head that fizzles out pretty quickly but leaves a touch of lace across the surface. Sweet and somewhat fruity aroma, with hints of apple and berries and citrus notes. Lightly toasted malt backs in the background. Flavor is more on the malty side with tiny hints of dark fruits and a touch of citrus-y hops. Clashes of sweetness and bitterness with a dose of astringency. This beer is fine with a hearty meal but is not one to savor.

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2010 17:11:55 | More by goldbot
Photo of Reaper16


2.68/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

12oz. bottle served into a tulip glass
Presenting the latest installment of the critically acclaimed series, "Reaper Drinks Beer that People Left at His House After a Party."

Pours a completely translucent carrot orange color. The carbonation bubbles very lazily rise to the top; this doesn't look like it will be lively wrt carbonation. One finger of eggshell colored head forms. Minimal lace and head retention.

The aromas remind me of baked goods. Doughy pastries and spice cake. Some fruitcake, too. A minerally, iron tinge comes from the hops. Some cereal grain. More interesting than the average amber ale. This is promising.

This beer is something of a muddled mess when it comes to taste. It is mostly a typical grain-forward amber ale flavor but there's a raisin-forward, "Dubbel lite," fruitcake sort of flavor that clashes. The problem is that the raisin tastes are much sweeter than the dry grain that comprises the base of the beer. The hops only show through on the dry, astringent finish. You can also really taste the alcohol in this beer, which is frankly bizarre in a beer of only 5.4% ABV. The problem with Hex isn't that it is wanting of complexity, it is that its profile doesn't cohere.

This is a very dry beer. I love dryness in appropriate styles. Hex though wants to do some other, sweeter things but the dryness gets in the way of that. The perceptible alcohol doesn't mix well with the dryness. The beer feels yucky is what I'm trying to say. Yuck. Drinkability comes down to how much you enjoy the taste and mouthfeel of this beer. It's reasonably drinkable, I suppose. I'll give it that much.

Magic Hat always prints a cute message on the inside of their bottle caps, like they think they're Snapple or something. My cap read "Don't be a sleaze when it's time to pass the keys," which I'm pretty sure doesn't even mean anything. How do you act sleazy when someone asks your drunk ass to give up your keys? That cap was an omen. I'd certainly rather drink a Snapple product anytime over this Amber Ale from Magic Hat. It does some interesting things but it can't make a coherent beer out of itself.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2010 19:29:26 | More by Reaper16
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3.38/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear amber color thin light tan head falls to ring, no real lace.

Aroma is sweet caramel malts lightly toasted some light floral hops.

Taste is lingering caramel malts light floral hops, some light orange notes. pretty basic amber ale. Nothing special about it.

Mouthfeel is light medium carbonation is little to peppy for my tastes.

Drinkability is not bad but not a great seasonal certainly not worth looking for unless your short of ambers in your area.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2010 22:14:42 | More by mntlover
Photo of Steelcitybeerman


3.78/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

I work at a Beer store in the Pittsburgh Area, and Magic Hat did a sampling of their fall selections. The Hex "Ourtoberfest" was one of their choices. The beer was not bad, it was very easy to drink and mostly on the smooth side. I found that I am not a Huge Fan of Magic Hat's products. They are worth trying but I don't know that I would go much beyond that.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2010 13:53:46 | More by Steelcitybeerman
Photo of Tilley4


3.18/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a single of this seasonal a few days ago...

This one looks pretty good... Have to remember its an amber and not a Marzen... Its a little bit overcarbonated actually... Lots of spitting and popping going on...

Aromas of toasted malt, some sweetness like cake batter or something and some toffee or caramel.

Easy drinking.... Fairly balanced with the sweetness of the malts and maybe the merest hint of hops....

As far as seasonals go, this one was ok... I could have a few with pizza no problem

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2010 13:03:48 | More by Tilley4
Photo of aepb1


3.58/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

A- Light amber with little/no head

S- Fruity malt sweetness, about it

T- Sweet up front, moves into a caramel malt, a decent balance

M- Medium bodied and very (overly) carbonated

D- Nice full beer and will pick up again. The biggest change I'd make is the carbonation issue.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2010 15:39:25 | More by aepb1
Photo of mralphabet


2.95/5  rDev -15%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass

A: Pours a clear bright copper color. Half a fingers worth of head that settles to a ring with very little lacing.

S: Wow lots of stuff here... Sweet roasted malts, caramel, a little dark fruit, and a touch of citusy hops. Hint of an Oktoberfest but strangely odd.

T: Sweet, malty, and toasted to start... then a little tartness and bitterness from the hops and ends with a bitter watermelon rine taste.... aftertaste is to me unpleasant. It had me at the start but loses me in the end.

M: Medium bodied to start and thickens as it warms up. Carbonation starts sharp and dulls as it warms.

D: Well the smell got me going, and the first tastes where not bad, but as time goes on it turns to a bad place for me.... 21 Adm Watermelon Wheat (bad memories).... Drink this one quickly... She turns on you fast. Sorry Hat I will not be back for this one.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2010 03:56:36 | More by mralphabet
Photo of Chickenhawk9932


3/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A nice cooper color with a yellowish head.

In the nose is apple cider vinegar with a hint of cinnamon.

Taste is sour up front and bitter in the back - there are some nice flavor notes of roasted apple and grain, but sourness dominates. A good beer that grows on you, but not my favorite.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2010 20:14:21 | More by Chickenhawk9932
Photo of LtCracker20


3.23/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

My sister picked me up a bomber of this from the brewery. Thankfull because I wasn't sure if I wanted to buy a six pack of it.

A- Pours a slightly cloudy amber with an off white 3-finger head that falls to a thin cap very fast. Lacing doesn't stick that well either, but it's there when the beer warms.

S- Smokey malts and a little sweetness. Grassy hop aroma is pretty faint, but it's there. A little caramel smell at all. The smell right before you taste it actually reminds me of their #9.

T- Little fruity. Some cherry flavor right up front. Actually, mostly fruity flavors. Artificial fruit flavors that remind me of gum. No smokey flavors detected at all. False advertising!

MF/D- Medium bodied amber ale that stick around on the palate for a very limited time. Low ABV is the only thing that makes this drinkable, but only so much that can do for another sub-par beer from Magic Hat.

Notes- I used to like Magic Hat when I first got into craft, but now I think that's all they're good for; a gateway beer. They aren't bad, just not what turns me on anymore, but I'll keep trying to find one that I like again.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2010 01:20:26 | More by LtCracker20
Photo of OlRasputin989


3.8/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into pint...

A: Pours a 1 finger off white head above a hazy red-orange brew.

S: a sweet and smokey cherry and brown sugar aroma with a slightly fruity (lemon, tropical fruit) hop aroma that reminds me of the #9

T: brown sugar sweetness and hop bitterness up front flows to cherry wood and baked apple center which is when the brew becomes somewhat metallic, also reminding me of #9. finishes off with bitter hops, flan, and wood flavor.

M: medium body with a slick mouthfeel and an offdry finish

Overall, a highly drinkable beer that carries some characteristic very similar of the breweries flagship, Magic Hat #9, which is a good thing. Just as drinkable as the #9 but more fitting for this time of year. I would recommend.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2010 00:20:19 | More by OlRasputin989
Photo of JunkYardJake


2.98/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle to pint glass.
Pours a decent looking brown/copper color with a modest head cap. Smells like toffee and toasted malts. Taste is of butter, toffee and a little caramel. Reminds me a little of an ESB. Not your typical amber ale and certainly not what I was expecting after seeing ''ourtoberfest'' on the label. Mouthfeel is a little chewy with low carbonation. Went down fairly easy but one of these is enough.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2010 13:27:04 | More by JunkYardJake
Photo of riversider76

New York

3.68/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear golden orange with a thin white head. Good retention, and very nice laceing.Aroma is of brown sugar,fruit and bready malts. Body is medium with a good amount of carbonation.Taste is spicy malt up front nice bit of hops in the finish. Not my favotite style,but nicely done.

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2010 22:34:30 | More by riversider76
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New Jersey

3.55/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Picked up in a mix a six deal locally.

Pours copper amber with solid head of white foam. Supremely malty smell. Sweet malty taste, some caramel, with a buried spice underneath at the finish. Can't quite make out what it is. Light loose carbonation. Lingering hop bitterness at the close. Real drinkable and tasty.

Would love to do a side by side with the Roxxy Rolles.

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2010 11:37:29 | More by KTCamm
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New York

3.35/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a half liter stein.

Pours a nice amber reddish color with a big fluffy 3 finger head that sticks to the glass very well. Dark ruby with a slight haze. Aroma is off as this isn't a lager and it has more of a caramel aroma to it. The flavor is very fruity and not as crisp as oktoberfests. This really isn't true to style as it's an ale and doesn't have that lager taste to it. Mouthfeel is nice and carbonated, leaves a fresh taste on the backend. Drinkability is ok but it's not a marzen. This is a good amber ale I guess.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2010 01:05:51 | More by Augustiner719
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3.33/5  rDev -4%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up as part of a mixed sixer

Pours an effervescent amber with a finger of cream colored head. Zero head retention & lacing

S: Faint caramel & grassyness

T: Caramel & slight smokeyness, grassy hops, dryness & slight grainyness up front. Caramel, dryness green apple skins, & grassy hops as this warms. Finishes dry, slightly sweet with more green apple skin

MF: Medium bodied with slight carbonation, pretty good balance

Drinks alright; I could 2 or 3 before boredom set in. Glad I didn't buy a mixed 12 to sample this...

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2010 02:45:38 | More by russpowell
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3.18/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Magic Hat Hex pours orange/amber in the glass with a nice frothy white head that leaves a modest amount of lacing as it falls.

The aroma is mostly of sweet caramelized malt with a fruity tone to it.

The flavor is best experienced after letting this beer warm up some. Cold from the fridge or cooler from the store this beer is harsh and bitter. As it warms however it opens up, lightly toasted malts, with perhaps some Munich in there, also a bitter graininess, a light nuttiness and a fairly impressive background bitterness with hints of citrus. The fruity character noted in the aroma pulls through as well and there is a hint of European hop like spiciness. After letting it warm up it is almost pleasant.

The mouthfeel has hit the neither here nor there nail on the head, being either on the light side of medium or the heavy side of light. Carbonation is nicely done and the finish is smooth after warming.

I'm not sure what I was expecting from Hex, either an ale with Oktoberfest leanings or a nicely mellow Amber. If they wanted to take you off guard they certainly managed it! While I'm not sure I entirely like it I imagine I can, hopefully with the help of my wife, finish the six pack.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2010 22:21:22 | More by BlackBearForge
Photo of innersanctum


3.1/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Hex is Magic Hat's Octoberfest, or Marzen style lager.

Hex' appearance is just fine as a deep brown beer with a light head and little lacing. The initial smell is sugar and fruit, with a fuller but not overpowering taste.

While the mouthfeel is decent, it will definately evolve as the brew oxidizes. The initial flavor carries a definitive lager with a malt finish, but after 8 slow ounces the mouthfeel will become more pronounced with sugar similar in finish as an apple cider.

Hex is fine and don't worry that some witch from out East will cast a spell on you.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2010 18:52:55 | More by innersanctum
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2.1/5  rDev -39.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Hex pours a transluscent amber color with hints of red and a head that disapates quickly.

Scents I pick up are toasted malts and nothing else. Not very pleasant.

The taste is extremely toasty and almost harsh for it's moderately low APV. A bit smoky but it becomes somewhat mysterious that I can't quite pick up the full flavor... Possibly fruit?

The mouthfeel is light bodied but with pretty good amount of carbonation.

Just not very enjoyable to drink more than one. A typical Magic Hat dud.

A decent Magic Hat effort and a considerable beer for the season but it lacks a noticeable factor in all areas.. I would consider buying the Magic Hat fall variety instead of a sixer of these.

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2010 22:52:19 | More by brandoncox
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3.2/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

a: Poured a reddish/copper color. Long streams of bubbles coming from the bottom of the glass. Had a disappointing head that really faded almost as soon as it was poured. Left a bit of off-white lace.

s: Nutty and fruity aromas. Nothing to write home about in terms of scent; not incredibly long lasting or prominent.

t: Definite smoky and roasted flavors. Fairly crisp with a bit of caramel-esque sweetness. The flavor is nice with the crispness, but isn't a very smooth or even flavor. Flavor is a definite reminder of fall which makes it an appropriate seasonal.

m: Surprising bite despite a nearly absent hop taste. Bite comes from the carbonation which is surprising because I didn't find it overwhelmingly carbonated at the pour. Medium bodied.

d: Fairly one-note in taste, not particularly interesting to drink. Crispness is a nice complement to the roasted flavor but the effect of the carbonation was a downfall. Probably would not seek out a gain.

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2010 20:41:54 | More by whisperjet
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Rhode Island

3.58/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap 10/9/2010 at Mews Tavern in Wakefield, RI, served in a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light reddish brown color, with a short off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains fruit, caramelized malts and a touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out sweet with flavors of caramel, fruit and honey. Then a hearty malt character comes in. The hops presence is mild but provides some balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, light carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: A little tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, decent representation of style, it's not a bad beer but it's just another mediocre beer from Magic Hat.

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2010 16:15:03 | More by TheManiacalOne
Hex from Magic Hat Brewing Company
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